Many developers tend to think of Web services as a way to easily move information from one place to another, but it's also important to understand how integral a Web service can be to the overall application. This tip gives some examples of using XML for Short Message Service (SMS) messages. If you're familiar with SMS, you'll find out how adding this tool to your toolbox can help you; if you're not an SMS developer, you'll see a real-life example of how Web services are integrated into an application.
With Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), page authors can control the appearance of content with more precision. CSS rules consist of a selector that determines the content to which the rule applies, and the properties and values that are set. While most developers are accustomed to using selectors that are based on tag names, CSS actually provides several different options that enable even greater control. This article discusses each type of selector and shows you how to use it.
One of the advantages of PHP has always been the ability to easily manipulate information submitted by the user through an HTML form. In fact, PHP version 4.1 adds several new ways to access this information and effectively removes the one most commonly used in previous versions. This article looks at different ways to use the information submitted on an HTML form, in both older and more recent versions of PHP.
In this article, Nick shows you how to retrieve syndicated content and convert it into headlines for your site. Since no official format for such feeds exists, aggregators are often faced with the difficulty of supporting multiple formats, so Nick also explains how to use XSL transformations to more easily deal with multiple syndication file formats.